Gary Brightwell should be able to help the Giants right away
When the New York Giants used one of their sixth round picks on Arizona running back Gary Brightwell last week it became obvious that they love what he can do for them on special teams at the next level.
“He’s a big kid and he’s got a heavy body, he’s a heavy body runner, he’s in the 215, 220 range and he really is a quality special teams player. So he’s got dual value,” said Giants’ general manager Dave Gettleman.
University of Arizona special teams coach Jeremy Springer did an interview with Big Blue Kickoff Live and said that Brightwell can do it all.
“I’ll tell you this, when I got to Arizona in 2018, he was one of the guys after my first Spring that just stood out as a kid with a lot of natural instinct when it comes to special teams,” Springer said. “He was a great running back for us, but often as me being special teams coordinator, that’s what I look at. He could do it all. He’s one of those guys that I was able to plug and play through his career at any position on any special teams…
“He’s all in, as well. A guy that came into practice, doesn’t say much. He’s a quiet kid, and you like that about him. A quiet kid but works his tail off. He worked his tail off for us, practiced hard, understands the game. And when it comes to game time, that’s where he stands out the most and why he was so special for us at Arizona.”
With the Giants signing Devontae Booker this offseason as a free agent, I don’t imagine that Brightwell will get any carries as a running back unless Booker or current starter Saquon Barkley go down with injuries.
The nice thing about Brightwell is that he can help the Giants on special teams right away and hopefully develop into a very good running back at the next level. It’s going to be interesting to see how he performs during the preseason.
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